Ace & Jig Johnny Jumper in Duchess (small)
Here’s a secondhand Johnny Jumper in Martinique (M) at The Real Real
Entireworld recycled cotton tee (small)
Birkenstock Birko-Flor Arizona Sandals
Transience Camo Swing Bag (gift to review)
This is pretty much the last hurrah for most of my non maternity pants/jumpsuits, so I’ve been wearing them the last few days to enjoy them until I put them away for while. More on this later, but honestly, for me, I am finding that non-maternity pants just don’t work from 20 weeks on; while they “fit” generally, they are getting harder and harder to pull over my hips, and the rise is just too short, which makes them uncomfortable to sit in. Again, I say if you can, and you want to, don’t feel bad AT ALL for buying dedicated maternity clothes.
Now, finally, here’s a review of the Transience bag! I worked with the brand on their initial launch in 2017 to review their original swing bag so they asked if they could send me a new, smaller version to try. I loved the original, but always thought it was a bit larger than I needed, so I was happy to try the smaller.
I’ve been using it for a few weeks exclusively (except on my trip to Florida) and am really pleased with it. I mostly use the shorter shoulder strap instead of the crossbody strap, but having that longer strap is a must for me, for any bag. It’s very easy to get into and I appreciate the large internal and exterior pockets + the water bottle pocket to keep it secure in my bag.
I do slightly take slight issue with the bag’s closure, which is a drawstring instead of a top zipper (you can see it better on their website). When you don’t close the bag, the “flaps” hang down inside it and obstruct quickly getting into the internal zipper pockets. Not a HUGE deal, and it’s been less of a hassle than I thought (I mostly use the external pocket for “important” things I need to reach quickly), but I find the magnetic closure enough. I have thought about cutting the drawstring closure out altogether because I don’t see myself ever using it (I never “close” my bags…I know…), but haven’t done so yet. Again, it’s really not a very big deal, and the only “negative,” if you can call it that, I’ve had with the bag.
I never feel bad about banging it into things, or setting it on the floor when I have to because I can wipe it clean. The straps are comfortable on my shoulder and it’s easy to get my wallet out of quickly when I’m wearing the bag. I especially appreciate the tonal hardware and very subtle camo print. I LOVE BLACK/TONAL HARDWARE!!!! Need to repeat that over and over again so more brands “get” it LOL.
I may also use this as a diaper bag, in addition to my Baggu fanny pack since it already has a place for a bottle 😉 We’ll see! Anyway, I’m very happy with it, and feel like it will have a very long life in my wardrobe.
If you’re interested in this bag, or any of Transience’s other bags (I love the plum color, and their new fanny packs too!), use code GRECHEN for 20% off your order through 4/2. Ask me any questions at all!!
love it, but no laptop sleeve, right?
Grechen Reiter says
no, and that’s something i forgot to mention. i don’t carry my laptop with me much, but i did once and wished one of the interior pockets was a laptop sleeve – or deeper anyway so it would fit a laptop more easily….
edited to add : anyway, it’s a bit small to carry a laptop + other things. the original swing bag is perfect for also carrying a laptop. still no sleeve, but it fits better in there.
Too bad – would have loved it otherwise! I’m looking for a small commuter laptop bag. If you have any suggestions, please do share 😉
You may have already tried a BellaBand but I found it was a saving grace for me between 18 and 25 weeks. I’m almost 28 weeks along and for the most part in all maternity clothes but I can still wear a couple of my high waisted pants with the BellaBand. I’m also thinking it’ll be very useful postpartum.
You look so glowy and healthy – much closer to 36 than 46. You’ll be the cool mom.
I’m loving the camera bag in red leather, but I haven’t decided whether I could make the small size of it work for me. I tend to carry EVERYTHING but I want to move away from that for the health of my neck and shoulders.
That bag still looks big to me lol but I believe the idea is a carryall for an urban, possibly walking/public transport and working out at some point during the day. So, then it’s a great option. For me, I drive to work and then drive from work to workouts so I pretty much pack several bags and leave the workout gear in the car. Carry mini or small bags generally to the office. I’ve also found my back paid is alleviated partially by balancing my load between several bags rather than one large. Love the plum, camera bags and adore the bum bag (so tempting but I have enough bum bags – there is such a thing as too many bum bags, I already have one for every occasion).
I know what you mean about the drawstring! I have an Adidas Stella McCartney tennis tote that has two big pockets (1 for the racquet and another general). The general has a drawstring top and I feel like I’m fighting with it constantly. And yes, the top is always falling inward if not cinched. Last night at tennis I told my BF I forgot my water jug. He forget his too but he said he could get one from his car that he could fill up at the fountain. Lo & behold, I had not one but two fairly large hydroflasks in my tennis bag, 1 had water in it. I had no idea – it’s like this big cavernous black hole. I concluded last night that I need to keep a pouch or two (or a bag organizer) in it as it is too hard to find smaller items as I really have to stick my hand in and dig (vs. looking).
back “pain” not “paid”